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smokefree drop inSmokers keen to kick the habit will have an added incentive if they make the change in March.

National No Smoking Day is on 12 March and Medway residents who quit with the council’s stop smoking service during this month will be in with a chance of winning prizes donated by local businesses.

Every year more than a million smokers use No Smoking Day as their motivation to quit and it is hoped people in Medway are no exception.

Anyone who signs up to the scheme in March and reaches week five of the seven week treatment programme, will get a free day pass to a local gym.

Those who go on to quit as a result, will be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Prizes range from cinema tickets, to hair cuts, lunches for two and a signed Gillingham FC football.

To pledge to quit visit the stop smoking team in Chatham High Street on 1 or 12 March, or call 01634 334800.

Those who successfully shake the habit with the help of weekly support sessions and carbon monoxide monitoring, will be entered into a prize draw and invited to a prize giving even at Gillingham Football Club on 8 May.

Director of Public Health Alison Barnett said: “Many people like to use the national no smoking awareness day as a starting point for their journey to become smoke free.

“I think it is really good that there is now the added incentive of winning a prize for those who achieve their goal. We want to help people who want to quit as much as we can and this makes it a bit of fun and gives people a small reward.

“I would like to thank all the local businesses that have donated prizes.”

For more information about the stop smoking service visit www.abettermedway.co.uk

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sandc stride Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road Sunday 20th October 2013 10:00am Shorne Woods Country Park consists of ancient woodland, heathland, an old clay extraction pit, meadows and wetlands. The ponds and lakes are beautiful and rich with reeds, rush and willow. A sensory garden has been developed for everyone to enjoy. Within these fantastic surroundings, we have 3 distances available for you to walk: The 10km route takes you through Shorne Woods Country Park onto Cobham Hall Grounds, down through Cobham Village and into Ashenbank Woods and back into Shorne Woods Country Park. The 3km route takes you around the Shorne Woods Country Park. The 1km route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. We’d love to see you donning your pink and hope you’ll join us for another wonderful event. Registration costs £10, under 18’s are free but must be accompanied by an adult. This event is open to all. Click HERE to take part

Health teams in Medway are asking anyone who’s had a persistent cough for three weeks or more to see their GP, in support of a national campaign to raise awareness of lung cancer. The national lung cancer campaign which started on 2 July and runs until 11 August, is part of Public Health England’s Be Clear on Cancer campaign, which aims to raise public awareness of symptoms of cancer and encourage people with symptoms to see their GP earlier. More

A new committee that will play a major role in ensuring Medway residents have the access to the best possible health and social care will meet for the first time on Tuesday (18/6) afternoon.

Nationally Health and Wellbeing boards have been established in all County Councils and Unitary Authorities. Read More

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